Lessons on Living with an Italian

Lesson #12: Don’t Be Such a Mama’s Boy!

July 14, 2011

Before I go into detail here, I want to share something with you all, dear readers. This is the Italian adaptation of the famous children’s song The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Whisky il ragnetto che sale la montagna la pioggia lo bagna e Whisky cade giù, giù, giù! Ma esce un bel sole e Whisky si [...]

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Lesson #11: Please Wait Your Turn…

May 26, 2011

Standing in line, anywhere really, but let’s say at the pharmacy, be aware of your surroundings. Almost as a guarantee there will be a little old lady inside standing off to the side of the counter, appearing to be looking for something. You’ll get in line to claim your medication and all of the sudden [...]

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Lesson #10: Layer-up!

April 7, 2011

In response to my last post about the curious health remedies that Italians use and the funny things they believe, I bring you another post about Italian superstitions. I think that these posts are a great feature at the moment because these absurdities are a regular part of my life as we are in the [...]

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Lesson #9: Even If You’re Fluent, You’re Still Not

March 29, 2011

This is a guest post by Jessica Spiegel: the wonderful, all-knowing Italy expert behind BootsnAll’s WhyGoItaly. After taking time out of his busy day to give me a tour of the hostel in Venice he managed, my host offered to give me a mini-walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding the hostel. It was a kind [...]

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Lesson #8: Dirty Water is for Wieners

March 15, 2011

This fantastic post has been brought to you by Hogga, from The Traveller – Which is the ultimate guide to balancing tequila and tourism, wrapped in amusing tales of around the world mishaps and adventure. Hope you enjoy! High fives for everyone!  Cultural differences – or… um… me, and my need to wear a helmet. [...]

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Lesson #7: If You’re Not Careful, You’ll Die

March 4, 2011

If you read my last post about Lorenzo getting sick in Sardinia then you have an idea what might be coming next. In the comment section Christine and Kenan both went on to mention their respective experiences with Europeans who think that if you go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold. Welcome to [...]

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Lesson #6: Not Gay, Just Italian

September 21, 2010

There is so much material I could put into this post, so much ammo I have gained in the last nine months living with an Italian and hanging out with his Italian friends. But I think the ultimate declaration of this statement was made while we were in Madrid on the amazingly organized hostel pub [...]

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Lesson #5: They Created the World

August 29, 2010

I just spent the last eighteen days traveling with Italians, ten days with three Italians and the following eight with my usual Italian accessory. Of course I have learned much more about the world in these last eighteen days then I have in my entire life. Of course… Upon arrival in Alicante, all was well, [...]

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Lesson #4: They Don’t Wear the Pants

July 30, 2010

Growing up in the “American Dream” I always thought that men were the ones who were in charge of the relationship. It was Dad that made the decisions, that drove the car, that asked for help (ha right). Then I grew up. I started to see that maybe in some kind of sneaky way it [...]

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Lesson #3: They ARE Romantic!

July 20, 2010

Ok, I know this section is supposed to be for proving those hilarious Italian stereotypes right and revealing new ones but I can’t really pass this up. Yesterday evening, I returned home from a much needed Monday at the beach; a day full of talking about relationships and the “little things”. Little surprises you know, [...]

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